Canine Comfort | Cincinnati Children’s


“Hahaha, look at him!” “Aw.” [Narrator] Two new employees recently joined
Cincinnati Children’s. Their names are Drummer and Leica. [Sharon McLeod, Child Life] “They have been bred and trained specifically to work in a healthcare setting,” “and they go home with the handler and then they come to work with the handler,” “so they are here 40 hours a week.” [Narrator] Drummer and Leica also have increased clearance to go to more units in the medical center, including individual inpatient rooms
and several procedure rooms. [Nurse] “She’d be happy to nap with you all afternoon.” [Narrator] This is something other visiting dogs haven’t been allowed to do. [Patient] “It definitely makes me more calm having her here.” [Nurse] “Ready? Here he comes!” [Handler] “Hold on, let me do hand sanitizer first.” [Narrator] Nine-year-old Gia Biondo is going on five months at Cincinnati Children’s due to chronic pancreatitis, a very painful condition. [Joan Sanelli] “Months and months went by of us not seeing a smile on her face or joy in her eyes,” “and the first experience we had of seeing our little Gia back was when she and Drummer got together.” “And it was amazing.” “We all tried, but it was Drummer that
actually did it.” [Ashley Fiffick, Child Life] “So my favorite thing about Gia’s room is that Drummer does all the magic, “and I think he really knows that she needs him too,” “and then I think he needs her,” “he needs that–he’s a working dog, he needs these positive patient interactions.” [Sharon McLeod] “Their ability to hop up in bed with the patient, allow the patient to hug them, love on them,” “that is something that–it would not be
in the professional boundaries of any” “other employee here at the medical
center.” “But for Drummer and Leica, that is exactly what they are here to give and share.”

16 thoughts on “Canine Comfort | Cincinnati Children’s

  • I would like to train my dog to become a service dog!! Is there a certain place near Cincy I could go ??

  • We are so glad to have our two dogs involved as therapy dogs in Cleveland Missouri. They bring joy to so many. We are still looking for other locations to visit.

  • What I find interesting about this is that you can actually ignore all the warm and fuzzies of it (if you were able to)… and focus purely on the cold, hard medical science… and this still makes perfect sense. Those dogs are decreasing stress, supporting mental health in trying circumstances, and statistically at would seem, helping people to heal and recover more quickly. From a scientific perspective, this is perfectly valid medical practice. That girl is better off, medically speaking, because that dog comes around to see her and hang out with her. As far as I am concerned, therapy dogs should be standard policy in hospitals. The rule, not the exception. I knew a cardiologist that always had his Lab around his office. Ever see the data on heart disease, recovery from heart surgery, etc. on people with dogs vs. without? Fascinating.

    Dogs and humans… we have this… thing. The short version is, many of us benefit greatly just from having dogs around. As a species, we may as well just roll with that… it works.

    And knowing a few Goldens… I'd wager my last dollar these dogs LOVE their jobs.

  • My question is why doesn’t that one girl who’s in a lot of pain get a service dog to help her. But not only that but to bring her joy so she doesn’t have to wait for a dog that’s everyone’s

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